Adventures of a missionary wife and mother in the mountains of Papua, Indonesia

Introducing the DeSalvo Twins! September 13, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — junglewife @ 4:30 am

Well, being that we have new babies in the house, I figured it might be time to revive this ol’ blog. I know that most of my blog readers (if they haven’t all left by now!) are friends with me on Facebook, so a lot of the pictures, etc, will be re-posts, but I can put more stories on here :-)

So, just in case you hadn’t heard, we have two new additions to our family! Cora Joy and Amy Grace made their entrance in the wee hours of the morning on August 15.  Cora was ahead of Amy by about 20 minutes. :-) It took us a couple of days to decide on their names. Dan and I had discussed some names but hadn’t finalized anything and when the babies were born we weren’t quite sure if the names we’d talked about ‘fit’ them or not. So, they were Baby A and Baby B for a couple days.

They are 4 weeks old today and we’re thrilled to have them in our family!

I won’t make this too long as the babies are nursing on my lap right now and I want to make sure and get this posted but I will finish up with some pictures :-)


Granny with Amy in the hospital. You can see Claire holding Cora in the background.


On the day we got home from the hospital.


Snuggling my babies.


Natalie with her new sisters.


Proud daddy!


Babies sleeping on my lap.


Looks like they’re holding hands :-)


Getting some floor time :-)


Natalie with Cora. She is just smitten with her baby sisters. She even made up a song that goes, “the cuteness never ends…” :-)

(Yes, they are identical. So far we haven’t had any trouble telling them apart because Cora has so much more hair than Amy!)


Thoughts from the middle… September 25, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — junglewife @ 1:56 am

In between

Between cultures

Between settled

Between friends

Between homes

Moving and packing, packing and moving

The old settled is left behind, not yet in the new

The old wasn’t perfect but at least I knew how to live there

The new is unknown and no longer familiar

Learning how to live in the unfamiliar again

Overwhelming choices, busy-busy-busy

What was easy and comfortable isn’t always easy now

What worked there doesn’t always work here

Cooking, shopping, church, making friends

My friends are still friends but not the same

Those living over there have moved on

I am no longer there, no longer part of their daily lives

Those who are here are mostly long-distance

Have their own lives to live

I have not been part of their daily lives for a long time

Hard to re-insert myself

Figure out my role

Start from scratch in more ways than one

Wish I had a drop-by-for-a-cuppa, how’s-your-day-going kind of friend

Trying to settle a bit without being fully settled yet

Trusting and waiting





Better late than never… Disneyland! August 28, 2013

Filed under: Kids,Travel — junglewife @ 12:07 pm



Way back in February we had the chance to take the kids to Disneyland on our return to Indonesia.  I’m trying to get caught up on some pictures and so am sharing them with you now :-)


Me with “Granny” Karen who is a good friend of my parents and honorary grandma to my girls :-)

She drove up from her home to visit with us for a few hours while we were at Disney.


Walking from our hotel to Disneyland with Granny Karen.


In front of the Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney. The girls got to meet the bird Elmo who put on quite a show for us!


Claire with Elmo

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Cute butts! The girls just had to sit on these fun barstools at the Rainforest Cafe!

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Selfie of Dan and Claire on the Dumbo ride

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Look, Mom! No hands!

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The girls picked out stuffies at Build-A-Bear as their souvenirs from Disney (thank you, Granny Karen!)

Claire picked a white kitty

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And Natalie picked a dog with mickey mouse ears on its paws and ears. She named it Disney :-)

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Riding the teacups!  The girls liked it so much we rode this one several times in the days we were there!

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The princesses were a HUGE hit, especially with Claire. I didn’t even think about bringing princess dresses with me for Claire to wear while at Disneyland (like we saw so many other girls wearing), but thankfully she didn’t complain. She was just happy that she got to meet Jasmine, her favorite princess!


The girls liked Jasmine so much we had to wait in line to meet her again later in the day!

This time Claire remembered to bring her new Jasmine doll to show to Jasmine the princess :-)


They also met Tiana (from Princess and the Frog)


And Belle from Beauty and the Beast


We did go back one night for a parade. Since it was the off-season, the park closed relatively early and there weren’t parades/fireworks every night, but we did enjoy the one we saw, despite the mechanical difficulties they had with some of the floats!

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Dan especially enjoyed hearing the jazz bands perform.

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Enjoying beautiful Disneyland!

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Natalie didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the Dumbo ride… she kept saying “No, don’t go higher!” since we could control the height of the rockets on this ride!

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Radiator Springs was definitely the highlight of our visit to California Adventure!


Riding on the tractors at Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. At every ride they give the warnings in both English and Spanish. Usually the Spanish is in the same voice on every ride but on this one it was all done in Mater’s voice. It was SO funny listening to the Spanish spoken in his distinctive drawl!

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The girls enjoyed trading pins with the cast members. I bought lanyards and some pins from Ebay before we went, and then the girls had pins to trade while we were there without having to spend $5/pin at the souvenir stores.


The girls LOVED riding the carousels. There was hardly ever any wait, so they were able to ride over and over if they wanted to!

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In our hotel room in Anaheim. (Yes, we were on our way back to Indonesia… see the luggage piled up almost to the ceiling behind me to the right!)

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Can you tell Claire has spent most of her life in Asia?! This is what Asians do when their picture is taken :-)

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About to ride the Ferris wheel.

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Meeting Jessie (from Toy Story)


Enjoying a parade at California Adventure. We didn’t even know there was going to be a parade that afternoon until we saw everyone gathering. It was easy to get a good spot along the parade route and so nice and relaxing to just sit and enjoy it.


And finally, a nice swim in our hotel pool. It looks MUCH warmer than it actually was!

So, that was our Disney vacation. Maybe in another 5 (or 10) years we can do it again!


Back again August 17, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — junglewife @ 3:09 am

Okay, I have no more excuses. It has been 4 months since my last post and unless I want to abandon this blog altogether, I think I better get back in the game :-) 

There has been a LOT of change in our lives in the last few months. Shortly after my miscarriage, we decided that it was time for us to leave Indonesia. We had already decided that, most likely, we would leave permanently when we went back to have the baby, and then when we lost the baby, we just moved the timetable up a bit. (See our latest prayer letter here.)

The end of May and beginning of June saw a lot of sorting and packing around our house. It was HARD to decide what to sell and what to keep!  We had a lot of friends to help us as we sold our stuff and moved out of our house.

On June 20, we left Wamena. It was sad to leave but we know that we are following the Lord as He leads us.

Since then we have been living with Dan’s mom in Lynden, WA. We have done some traveling to Colorado for a DAR (Debrief and Renewal) seminar at MTI International and also to our MAF headquarters in Nampa, ID.

We currently are taking some time to rest and seeking what God has for us in the future. We are still with MAF for now but not sure what our future holds. We appreciate your prayers as we seek God’s will for our lives!

Whew. Now that I have re-opened the blog again maybe I will do a little bit better posting in the future :-) I will try to get caught up with some pictures and stories from the past few months as well.


A hard day April 14, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — junglewife @ 8:14 pm

This is a hard post to write. So, actually, I am not going to write it. I am copying below an e-mail Dan wrote to some of our family members (with just a little bit of editing). I will write more later. Thank you for your prayers.

We are okay.  Sarah started to have some bleeding on Friday afternoon.  We went to the local clinic on Saturday evening and got an ultrasound.  Sarah had gotten an ultrasound there 2 weeks ago.  The doctor confirmed that the baby had not grown at all over the past two weeks and was probably not alive anymore. 

This morning (Sunday morning) was pretty scary, as the miscarriage was in full swing.  A Canadian midwife was here to help Sarah.  Together, we monitored her blood pressure and were in nearly constant contact with Sarah’s dad (Roy, who is a medical doctor) in North Carolina via cell phone. 

Sarah was losing a lot of blood, and her blood pressure was going down.  I asked my co-workers to get a plane ready so we could fly Sarah to the coast where there are “better” medical facilities there, but it quickly became apparent that Sarah would not be able to make the 1 hour flight. 

Because it was Sunday morning here, everything is closed.  All of the pharmacies are closed, most doctors are not around, and I think the local “hospital” is pretty much closed too.  Thankfully, after a bunch of calling around, the doctor who gave Sarah the ultra sound the night before was willing to see her at the local clinic. 

We got Sarah over to the clinic.  The doctor wanted to do a D&C procedure, to remove the baby and all that was causing her to lose so much blood, this would require her to be put to sleep.  I was really not excited about this.  Roy told me on the phone that this was probably what Sarah needed, that it would probably save her life.  So, we had the procedure done.  I was able to stay at Sarah’s side the whole time.  She came through like a champion, though there were a few times I was scared that she had stopped breathing.  Sarah finished one more bottle of IV fluid at the clinic, then we were released to come home.  Sarah has been resting on the couch since, and has done a good job eating and drinking. 

We are okay.  I am very thankful Sarah is still with us.  Of course we are very sad that our baby is not, but my fear was that today was going to be much, much worse than it was. 


A message from Natalie and Claire… March 13, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — junglewife @ 7:59 pm


For my blog followers who are not also on my Facebook… a little announcement from our family :-) 

Yes, the shirts mean what you think they mean!  Due in late October (which means I’m almost 2 months pregnant right now.) We are very excited!  We will most likely be returning to the States for baby’s birth. Please pray for health and for all the decisions we’ll need to make related to this exciting change in our lives!

PS YES our v-sat system is now installed as of just a couple of days ago!  The internet isn’t going to be as fast as we had originally anticipated but at least it will be stable!  Hopefully that will mean more regular posts from me! Maybe starting with some from our little family vacation to Disneyland :-)


We’ve been busy! February 21, 2013

Filed under: Health,Kids,Musings,Travel — junglewife @ 7:02 am

Okay, trying this again since evidently it didn’t post correctly the first time around…


Since we’re only a few days away from leaving, I thought I would post some pictures of what we’ve been up to since we’ve been in the States!

We’ve been busy…


…reading books with Granny


…playing on the kiddie rides at the mall


…swinging at the park


…playing with Buddy the dog


…dressing up as pirates for Wednesday night Kids’ Adventure Club at church


…eating ice cream at the local dairy


…hanging out with  long-time friends


…playing Wii at Grandpa’s house


…eating lunch at Red Robin (evidently they have the BEST mac-n-cheese ever!)


…playing with our cousins


…getting warm and dry after a bath in front of the fireplace in the MAF apartments in Nampa


…eating delicious Mexican food


…shopping for produce at Jabbers playplace


…watching Krispy Kreme donuts being made


…playing in the snow


…yes, Mommy too :-)


…making snow angels


…swimming at the Y with Uncle Peter


…decorating cookies at a Valentines’ party at a playgroup


…eating yummy serve-yourself frozen yogurt (complete with lots of gummy worms on top!)


…drawing and coloring an ABC animal book with Gramma Ringenberg


…taking pictures with Ronald McDonald


…playing at the park on a beautiful spring day


…rock climbing


…enjoying beautiful sunsets


…driving through snowy mountain passes


…having a fancy tea party at Aunt Laura’s house


…in our fancy party dresses


…and fancy party hats!

And, in the last couple of days we’ve been awfully busy being sick. Ugh. So if you think of us, will you please pray for Natalie and Claire? They had colds, but yesterday and today they have been much worse instead of better (running fevers, lethargic, etc).

We’ll be here in Washington until Sunday (Dan is still in Nampa doing some more training) when we’ll head south for a few days of family vacation in Southern California before heading back to Indonesia the end of next week.



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